So, tonight some crazy stuff happened in Montana.
A congressional candidate apparently bodyslammed a journalist when he was asked a question he didn’t like. Yeah that’s right. This is a candidate who is on the ballot for a special election in Montana that happens to be tomorrow night. Not good!
Greg Gianforte just body slammed me and broke my glasses— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) May 24, 2017
Listen to me get body slammed in Montana https://t.co/I8hAUsmuWw— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) May 25, 2017
That being said, I’m going to stick to sports for the rest of this post because this brings up an important thought exercise.
We already know Indiana’s college football coach can pull off a bodyslam, as he showed with BTN’s own Mike Hall earlier this spring. But this incident got me thinking: what college basketball coaches would be the best bodyslammers? Let’s run through the candidates. (Note: this blog does not condone college hoops coaches bodyslamming ordinary citizens and this is purely a hypothetical exercise.)
Gotta be the clubhouse leader. His nickname might be Huggy Bear but I guarantee you do not want to get on his bad side. Huggins often wears a track suit on the sidelines so you know he’s already in workout clothes and ready to take you on.
Look at that glare.
LOOK. AT. THAT. GLARE.
Frank Martin is not fooling around here, folks. You’ll be on the ground in no time.
As you probably know, this dude gets real mad. Put him on the list.
The former NBA star is now coach at his alma mater Georgetown and was part of those enforcing Knicks teams of the 90s that longtime Pacers fans remember all too well. Also he’s 7 feet tall. I wouldn’t try to go up against him.
I’m not saying the Xavier coach has ever bodyslammed a guy, but I’m saying he hasn’t, either.
Like with Chris Mack, don’t underestimate Bald Man Strength, especially with a guy who used to coach Marshall Henderson.
Illinois’ new main man was an assistant to both Bob Huggins and Frank Martin at K-State, so he comes from a long line of coaches with bodyslamming potential.
I’m guessing the Florida State coach wouldn’t take too kindly to you asking why such a talented team with a top-10 draft pick got destroyed in the second round of the Tourney.
The Siena head coach may not be as well-known as the other guys on the list, but the dude once double-teamed Steph Curry the entire game and held the Davidson star and future NBA MVP to zero points in a game. He also kind of looks like Rex Ryan. I wouldn’t accost him.
BONUS: Retired Coaches Division
Here’s longtime Temple head coach John Chaney threating to kill a young John Calipari, who was then coach of UMass. Chaney also once sent a “goon” in to play against Philly rival St. Joe’s for the distinct purpose of fouling, which resulted in one of the Hawks’ players suffering a broken arm.
Did you really think we’d get through this entire list without mentioning him?